I have had this inevitable fascination for photography since my childhood. I can't say with certainty when I picked up the first camera and captured my first story. The immense mystery of love, joy, heart-breaks; the all-consuming desperation in loss and the dream of fields through open windows - how they all submerge together to form the photo, the photo I ache to capture. A photo that is not a moment, not an individual; it has no beginning, no present, no end. A photo that is life at its unobstructed essence.
I have lived my life in stark cultural contrast. Born and brought up in Bangladesh and eventually migrated to the US in my mid 20s. Opposite side of our planet and opposite culture; yet the essence of my photography remains the same. I started out as a black and white film photo-artist putting together my own darkroom and doing my own printmaking. Later I moved to digital and in the recent past have been fascinated by book making. My photos from the "Memories from Bangladesh" project have been exhibited in multiple galleries in California and Arizona.
© Laila Nahar